Alula Takes Home CES Product of the Year Honors for BAT-Connect

The communicator, which brings interactive features to legacy security systems, won the Mark of Excellence Award for Security and Surveillance category.

LAS VEGAS — The Alula BAT-Connect communicator has won the Mark of Excellence Award for Security and Surveillance Product of the Year at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The award recognizes the best new or improved security and video surveillance products.

Launched in 2019, this is the fifth award Alula’s BAT-Connect communicator has won, affirming the market need for a device that allows dealers an efficient and effective way to takeover or upgrade a residential smart home system, the company states.

The device connects intrusion security, video and automation with the Alula smartphone app, bringing interactive features to legacy security systems. In operation with the Alula network, system control is delivered instantly to Apple and Android smartphones as well as the company’s new Slimline Touchpad.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Consumer Technology Association [CTA] for BAT-Connect, one of the latest in the Connect family of products,” says Alula VP of Engineering Paul Saldin. “The BAT-Connect allows a security system to become smart, integrated and automated.”

Saldin continues, “There is a real need to bring these new interactive features to legacy systems. BAT-Connect is also great for new installs and allows our customers to standardize their entire business on a secure and fully integrated offering.”

BAT-Connect is billed as the first communicator with three paths of communication, including the first to use Cat-M1 cellular, the communications path optimized for the Internet of Things (IoT). With the use of Cat-M1 cellular technology, the BAT-Connect not only rescues 3G and CDMA cellular systems from the impending sunset, it also will bridge the gap to 5G and keep running long into the future, according to the company.

“Cellular sunsets have long been a major problem for security professionals, and we aim to help them stop wasting time and money by updating systems every time cellular providers decide to harvest network bandwidth optimized for cell phones,” says Russell Vail, Alula’s EVP of market development and an industry-leading expert on cellular sunsets. “We have to get this industry out of this crazy loop where we keep repeating the same behavior and expecting different results. The BAT-Connect is a game changer that solves sunsets once and for all.”

The Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by the Smart Home Division of the CTA, recognize the best in custom integration and installed technology. Each year manufacturers, distributors and systems integrators compete in more than 30 award categories for the coveted honor.

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